John Paul Kanwit’s research and teaching interests focus on three, interrelated areas: Victorian literature and the visual arts; representations of children in British and American literature; and the development of the British novel. His first book, Victorian Art Criticism and the Woman Writer, examines the development of specialized art commentary in a period when art education became a national concern in Britain. More information about the book can be found via the following link: https://ohiostatepress.org/index.htm?books/book%20pages/Kanwit%20Victorian.html
Dr. Kanwit’s current project studies conceptions of disabled children in nineteenth-century British novels and culture. A former inner-city school teacher of students with a broad range of abilities and backgrounds, Dr. Kanwit is committed to training future teachers and to making his research relevant to current discussions about education.
PhD in English, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2004
MA in English, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 1996
BA in English and Government, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 1994
Victorian literature and visual culture; the British novel; children’s and young adult literature; language arts education methods; Native American literature; Latin American literature; Great Works; composition .
Research Stipend, Getty College of Arts and Sciences, Ohio Northern University, Summer 2010; Niekamp-Cummings Dissertation Fellowship, Indiana University, January-May 2004; Teaching Fellow, Department of English, Indiana University, August 2004-December 2004; Merit-based Scholarship from Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Georgetown University, August 1994-May 1995.
Victorian Art Criticism and the Woman Writer. Columbus, OH:
The Ohio State University Press, July 2013.
“My name is the right one”: Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake’s
Professional Art Criticism.” Nineteenth-Century Prose 40.1 (Spring 2013).
"'I have often wished in vain for another's judgment': Ideal Aesthetic
Commentary and Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall."
Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature 121 (Spring 2012).
“‘Mere Outward Appearances’?: Household Taste and High Culture in
North and South and Contemporary Art Commentary.”
Victorian Review 35.1 (Spring 2009).
“Teaching the 9/11 Tragedy and the Arts.” Academic Exchange Quarterly 7
Syllabus. Teacher’s Guide: Advanced Placement English Language and Composition. The College Entrance Examination Board, 1998. 77-83.